Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wild Man

Some of photographer Charles Fregers images 
of the mythological Wild Man. He went to
eighteen European countries to photograph
the costumes worn during rituals celebrating
the seasonal cycle, fertility, life, and death.

He has a book that I would love to have. 
See more of his work here.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ariele Alasko

Tabletops by Ariele Alasko from recycled wood.....

Yes Please.......

Sunday, September 22, 2013

It's Fall

It's Fall.....
Happy Dance!

Saturday, September 21, 2013


What's for lunch? Paleo Chili and black bean chips.
I found this recipe on Paleo On A Budget. In case you're
wondering...I'm not eating totally Paleo....just healthy...
and there are a lot of healthy Paleo recipes out there.

This recipe suggested putting all the raw ingredients in
a crock pot but I always like to pour off any grease when
I use hamburger so I made this on the stove top and then
put it in the crockpot on low for eight hours. It also
called for two chicken breasts but I felt like that was a little much.

This Chili was YUMMY! I froze cup size servings in freezer
bags to pull out as needed.

I also made a few changes to the recipe:

1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 medium onion - chopped
3 carrots - sliced
1/2 med bag frozen green beans
1- 28 oz can crushed tomato
14 oz Tomato Puree
2 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp thyme & oregano
1 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

I'll definitely be making this again.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Paleo Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin! Pumpkin! Pumpkin!

I made Paleo Pumpkin Muffins from a recipe off of
the Fastpaleo site. Yummmm....moist...good texture...
 a great pumpkin flavor and 20g protein.

1 1/2 cups almond flour
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
3 eggs
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp melted coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of sea salt
2 tsp warm natural peanut butter
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients until
smooth. Place paper liners into muffin pan and fill liners
3/4 full. Bake 18-20 minutes.

I used a regular size muffin pan and this yielded 9 muffins.
This is not a sweet tasting muffin...more like a
if you crave that sweetness adjust your honey or try another
type of organic sweetener.

There is a recipe on this site for a Carrot Pumpkin Spice Muffin
this sounds like something I NEED to try next.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Grande Dame Jeopardy

Can you imagine this house decorated for Halloween?
According to a post on FB this house in Thompson, CT
is going to be torn down unless the Historical Society
can get enough people to sign a petition to save it.
I think it would be a shame to lose this
Grande Dame.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Pumpkin + Fall = LOVE!

Oats again for breakfast this morning....
I'll admit I'm not a great fan of oats..but I'm
trying to eat them more often. I figured I'd try
the overnight in a jar oat thingy...not bad.

I used a recipe from Kath Eats Real Food.

1/3 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup yogurt (I used Fage 0% Greek)
1/3 cup skim milk 
(I only had chocolate almond milk ...but hmmmmm)
1/3 cup pumpkin (canned)
1/2 banana (mashed)
tsp honey
1/4 tsp cinnamon & all spice
pinch salt

Mixed this up in the jar and left it in the fridge overnight.
This morning I did a little heat up in a water bath then 
added a dollop of natural peanut butter.
I plan to make some muffins with the leftover
pumpkin. Pumpkin + Fall = LOVE!

(just noticed my toes under the table...LOL!)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Chocolate Oatmeal...yes please!

Are you a Chocoholic? I'll admit that I when I ran across this
recipe while looking for healthy breakfast ideas I knew I had to try it.

Chocolate Oatmeal! I found this recipe on Audry Johns blog
Lose Weight by Eating. I tweaked it a little by using Chocolate
Almond Milk instead of adding her Homemade Fat Free 
Chocolate Syrup.

This makes one serving:
1 1/8 cups Chocolate Almond Milk
1/2 cup Rolled Oats (don't use quick oats)
1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Dried Cranberries or Cherries (optional)

In a small sauce pan combine the almond milk, oatmeal, 
vanilla, cocoa powder and dried fruit (I added a few frozen
dark cherries that I chopped up). Place on stove top, bring to
a boil, then lower heat and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Calories: 284  Fat: 6.5  Fiber: 8  Protein: 7  Carbs: 50
This has more of a dark chocolate flavor than a sweet taste.
For those craving a little more sweetness you could add honey
or any other organic sweetener